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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 07:48 PM

How would you feel about a tax on gun & bullet sales to de-cool guns? [View all]

Guns are everywhere, more guns than people, and yadda yadda. I have no interest in banning guns, or even restricting them (with certain exceptions), but I think things can be done to make it less likely that guns will wind up in inexperienced or stupid hands.

There's a mystique around guns. A "coolness factor." There are people who want guns because AWESOME DUDE! rather than any of the rational reasons DUers sometimes enumerate. And I suspect that the people who want guns because they're "cool" are less likely to respect the weapon and its hazards.

There was a time when cigarettes were cool. And we as a society un-cooled cigarettes. Restrictions were placed on smoking in restaurants and workplaces. Taxes were levied upon cigarettes to pay for anti-cigarette advertising; the ads targeted young people, and they were devastatingly effective. Now there are far fewer smokers, and far fewer people starting to smoke, and far fewer people dying of smoking-related illnesses, and far fewer non-smokers forced to tolerate other people's decisions.

I think the same could happen with guns. A tax on the sale of every gun and every bullet, to pay for advertising that discourages a GUNS ARE DA COOLEST SHIT mentality.

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I've spent the last few days in a combative psychological space, but this thread is not an effort to initiate combat; I'm seeing if discussion really is possible.

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